Original da Vinci Manuscripts Brought to Life Thanks to Intel Processors

Written by Tim Smalley

January 30, 2007 // 4:49 p.m.

London, UK, January 30, 2007 — Intel Corporation today announced that its powerful multi core technology in servers, desktops and notebooks are supporting a technical leap at the British Library which will reunite two original Leonardo da Vinci manuscripts, allowing the public to view them in 3D as if the book is in their hands.

The enhanced Turning the Pages 2.0TM technology, previewed this morning in London by Microsoft’s chairman Bill Gates and British Library Chief Executive Lynne Brindley at the world wide launch of Microsoft Windows Vista and the 2007 Microsoft Windows Office, is a joint initiative between Intel, Microsoft, Dell and the British Library. Intel provides the processing power required to cope with expected demand and ensure that the manuscripts can be viewed smoothly in a high definition format.

The da Vinci manuscripts, one of which is owned by Bill Gates, and the other by the British Library, are displayed at the British Library’s London headquarters using powerful desktops and notebooks with Intel® Core™ Duo processors to ensure visitors can enjoy the best experience of the precious manuscripts, while the originals are kept safely under glass. The experience includes the ability to zoom in on the high-quality digitised images and read or listen to notes explaining the beauty and significance of each page. Servers with Intel® quad-core technology ensure that the manuscripts are available to members of the public with a broadband internet connection at home.

“Intel quad-core servers on the Dell architecture were an ideal choice for ensuring that our users can manipulate the manuscripts smoothly – along with the dozen or so other volumes available on Turning the Pages 2.0TM - and that we can meet the expected high interest from the public,” said Adrian Arthur, Head of Web Services Delivery at British Library. “It’s critical that the server infrastructure which supports the online volumes is both robust and quick enough to cope with both high demand and the complexity of showing the manuscripts in high definition.”

“Today’s announcement is further proof of Intel’s capability to deliver a new era of highly visual computing that is only possible thanks to our continued investment in silicon process and manufacturing technology, combined with innovative and tailored product design,” said Graham Palmer, Director & Country Manager, Intel UK & Ireland. “Intel® quad-core technology and Intel® dual-core technology are designed to deliver powerful, energy-efficient performance and without the power of an Intel® quad-core processor, the 3D interactive look and feel of the online manuscripts would not have been possible.”

“Da Vinci was the creator of some of the most inspiring paintings and designs in history and they deserve to be showcased in the best possible way. The sophistication of the Windows Vista technology has been a key enabler of the digitisation of the da Vinci notebooks and we are proud to bring them to life as part of the worldwide Microsoft Windows Vista launch,” said Cynthia Crossley, Director, Windows Client Business Unit, Microsoft UK. “The continued collaboration between Intel and Microsoft has been instrumental in delivering vivid 3D experiences which can now be enjoyed by consumers in their homes.”

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